Last week, the Biden Administration announced plans for a new vaccine mandate to help the country fight the fourth Covid-19 wave caused by the Delta strain. President Biden addressed the nation during a press briefing and explained that the Department of Labor is preparing the emergency mandate. It is a necessary measure to protect the people and the economy.
What do health experts think of the vaccine mandate?
Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believes that it is a good measure, but more mandates might be needed in the near future. He declared that other vaccine mandate involving schools and businesses might be needed to end the pandemic. Because everyone will want to work and study, the extra vaccine mandates could be the key to controlling the Covid-19 virus. Although it would have been nice to allow people to get vaccinated voluntarily, the crisis is deep. Federal mandates are the only way to prevent more deaths and hospitalizations.
Companies had already implemented or considered vaccine mandates
Before the announcement, many companies such as Disney, McDonald’s, and more had already implemented vaccine mandates. There might be no company at present, which is not debating this situation. According to the Biden vaccine mandate, federal workers and businesses with more than 100 employees need to implement vaccine mandates. The decision came with mixed responses. Some business owners are afraid it will be difficult and costly to implement the mandate, while others believe it is the only way to save the economy and prevent lockdowns.
The FDA might approve the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the fall
The current Covid-19 vaccines used in the U.S are approved for those 12 or above. The FDA might authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 12 by the end of this month. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a board member at Pfizer, believes that it might take a maximum of six weeks for approval.